No. 3 MIT defeated No. 9 Franklin & Marshall 69-54 in the NCAA Elite Eight Saturday evening in Lancaster. F&M wrapped up its season with a 28-3 mark while MIT improved to 29-1 and advanced to their first Final Four. The Engineers jumped out to an early four point lead three minutes into the game before F&M countered with a 9-1 run to go up four points, 9-5, at 14:11. MIT responded with a 6-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 14-9 edge at 9:33. The Diplomats countered by outscoring MIT 8-2 to go up one, 17-16 with 6:14 left in the half. Tech put an 8-2 run of their own over the two minutes and took a five point, 24-19, lead at 4:28. Georgio Milligan hit a three on F&M's next possession to bring F&M within two, 24-22, and Brandon Beckford hit one of two from the line as F&M came within a point, 24-23, with 3:08 remaining in the half. MIT answered with a 6-0 run to end half and went into the break with a 30-23 advantage. The teams traded points to start of the second half, but MIT pulled away and went up 13 points, 43-30, five minutes into the stanza. F&M battled back with an 8-2 run over the next eight minutes to come within seven, 45-38, with 7:17 remaining in the game. MIT took control and jumped out to a double-digit lead 59-45, at 1:37. The Diplomats made a comeback attempt with six unanswered to come within eight, 59-51, and came within seven, 60-53 with 52 seconds left, but the Engineers stood strong and quickly retook a double-digit lead to close out the game. Milligan finished with a game-high 23 points, shooting 6-for-6 from the line and 3-for-5 from behind the arc. The senior scored 20 or more points in three of F&M's four NCAA Tournament games this season. Hayk Gyokchyan and Jon Salandra both tallied 11 points. Salandra finished with a game-high 11 boards. Michael Kates contributed a team-high 21 points for MIT while Jamie Karraker and Noel Hollingsworth finished with 17 and 14 points respectively.

MIT 69, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 54 MIT (29-1) Mitchell Kates 8-15 4-4 21; Jamie Karraker 6-13 0-0 17; Noel Hollingsworth 5-11 3-4 14; Daniel McCue 2-4 2-2 8; Will Tashman 2-5 1-2 5; Paul Dawson 0-1 3-4 3; Dennis Levene 0-0 1-2 1; Andrew Acker 0-0 0-0 0; Arni Lehto 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-49 14-18 69. FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (28-3) Georgio Milligan 7-18 6-6 23; Hayk Gyokchyan 4-14 2-4 11; Jon Salandra 5-9 1-2 11; Brandon Beckford 1-2 2-6 4; Max Brewer 0-1 3-4 3; Ed Early 1-2 0-0 2; Morgan Lee 0-1 0-2 0; Matt Porter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 14-24 54. MIT........................... 30 39 - 69 Franklin & Marshall........... 23 31 - 54 3-point goals--MIT 9-16 (Jamie Karraker 5-10; Daniel McCue 2-4; Noel Hollingsworth 1-1; Mitchell Kates 1-1), Franklin & Marshall 4-9 (Georgio Milligan 3-5; Hayk Gyokchyan 1-3; Max Brewer 0-1). Fouled out--MIT-Will Tashman; Jamie Karraker, Franklin & Marshall-Jon Salandra. Rebounds--MIT 37 (Noel Hollingsworth 9), Franklin & Marshall 25 (Jon Salandra 11). Assists--MIT 11 (Mitchell Kates 8), Franklin & Marshall 6 (Max Brewer 2; Georgio Milligan 2; Jon Salandra 2). Total fouls--MIT 21, Franklin & Marshall 20. Technical fouls--MIT None, Franklin & Marshall-None. A-1576